A Healthier You With Abigail & Lacie Hester #4 – Rest & Stress Management

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Lacie and I have really appreciated your feedback and participation on our previous post.  If you have been unable to read them then please use the following links.

A Healthier You With Abigail & Lacie Hester #1 – Motivation

A Healthier You With Abigail & Lacie Hester #2 – Fuel

A Healthier You With Abigail & Lacie Hester #3 – Exercise

As you can see above we have covered the topics of Motivation, Fuel and Exercise.  In this post we would like to discuss Rest & Stress Management.

Just like water, good food, exercise and oxygen our bodies need rest in or to function optimally. There are a number of illnesses today that are stress related.  Lack of rest and stress cause us to gain weight.  So instead of turning to your doctor for help sleeping and getting drugs that ultimately interfere  with healthy sleep cycles consider the following…

 “Proper nutrition combined with exercise is the best method of ensuring a good night’s rest.”

One of the reasons for stress is that we are not in control of our days.  We don’t plan or manage our time.  Learning time management skills will help you to limit the amount of stress in your life. 

Spirituality fits in well with the topics of Motivation and Stress Management.  How and where you apply this depends on your own personal beliefs.

In the comment section below please share with us the techniques that you use to limit the amount of stress in your life.

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Homocysteine has been looked at as a causal factor of cardiovascular disease since 1972. Dr. Kilmer McCully wrote about the detrimental effects of homocysteine. It’s taken a long time and a lot of studies for this relationship to be generally accepted. Of course, it’s taken even longer for the FDA to accept and, in fact, there isn’t any accepted health claim by the FDA for folic acid as a way of reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease; not yet. The FDA still hasn’t approved such a claim.
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